South River Falls Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews
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South River Falls Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanardsville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles 1269 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the South River Picnic Area where the trail begins near the third parking area. The milepost is 62.8.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful. Going down to the waterfall is somewhat easy although you need to watch your footing at the rocky base of the waterfall and rock stairs going up to the waterfall. Heading back to the parking lot is where it gets tough. Very steady uphill on the fire road so good to take slow or take frequent breaks. You'll need it. Very well maintained (rocky/woody) paths. Easy stream crossing and not very muddy.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Just gorgeous. Got caught in a little rain and hail, but the rocky overhangs along the way kept us pretty dry. Overall a great mid-level hike. Made a loop via the fire road back.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty, moderate difficulty. Saw two bears and a rattlesnake! Falls are absolutely beautiful.

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4 months ago

I went at the worst possible time and the waterfall was none existent. It was summer and hadn't rained for awhile. I plan on doing this trail again. I drank my 3 liters of water by the half way point and was drenched in sweat. Definitely won't be going during the summer again.

4 months ago

Great hike. only went to overlook but that was enough for 1 day.

5 months ago

Great trail. Amazing fallls. Recommended to go all the way not to just the look out

Nice trail, wore me out going back up with my 2 year old. But, great hike to the over look and back only, didn't go further. Saw a bunch of deer, too!

5 months ago

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7 months ago

A nice morning or afternoon walk. Some good resting spots along the creek and a good viewing area of the falls. Falls not very close. Wish there was access to the bottom of the falls.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike and for me was my hardest hike of the year but it was soo worth it. Take a picnic and plan on spending time at the falls with plenty of room to sit in the water.

7 months ago

Very pretty but rocky terrain, especially to get down to the falls.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

It was tough for me in some spots. The trail is well kept. The pool was nice and cold and provided a nice break for my feet. Not bad for my first hike.

8 months ago